The Pavilion

Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.

You can find the address and directions here, or please contact us if you need help. If you haven’t been before, please email us at info@guildfordjazz.org.uk if you’d like any more information.

The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email info@guildfordjazz.org.uk , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.

New for 2018 – “Bring a Friend for a Fiver”! The perfect way to introduce your friends and neighbours to the joys of a jazz – just bring along a guest who hasn’t been before and we’ll give them a ticket for £5. Just let us know you’re bringing a guest when booking.

Coming up…

September 12th – Andrew Cleyndert Quartet with Alexandra Ridout

October 10th – Ben Holder Quintet with Julian Stringle

November 7th – Karen Sharp/Steve Waterman Quintet


September 12th Andrew Cleyndert Quartet with Alexandra Ridout 

Nominated for the British Jazz Awards every year since they started, bassist Andrew Cleyndert has played and toured internationally with the cream of the UK’s musicians, as well a string of international soloists. His quartet this evening to launch the new season at the Pavilion, features the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and British Jazz Award “Rising Star” runner-away, Alexandra Ridout on trumpet, with Will Barry on piano, and a welcome return to Winston Clifford on drums. An outstanding lineup!

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ANDREW CLEYNDERT, well known to jazz audiences for the past thirty years since starting out in the bands of Don Weller and Bobby Wellins, has flourished on the jazz scene in the UK and beyond. He was seen regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club as part of the Ronnie Scott Sextet and Quartet.  He has played and toured with the cream of the UK’s musicians, and a string of international soloists, including Bud Shank, George Coleman, Ray Bryant, Lee Konitz, and James Moody. He was also closely associated with Stan Tracey, having recorded with and worked in his many bands over fifteen years until Stan’s death in 2013, appearing at countless festivals and major concert venues. Further afield, Andy has worked in Europe with pianists Gene Harris, Benny Green, Junior Mance and Tamir Hendleman.

BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR and BRITISH JAZZ AWARD ‘RISING STAR’ RUNNER UP, ALEXANDRA RIDOUT  was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 at the age of 17.

Alexandra has been playing the trumpet since she was nine (gaining grade 8 distinction aged 13 and an LTCL diploma aged 16) and before this she learnt classical guitar, recorder and started learning the piano. At the age of 14 she gained a place on classical trumpet at the Junior Department of The Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship. A year later she also gained a place on the Junior Jazz course at The Royal Academy of Music. Alex has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School for the last five years and in summer 2015 (aged 16) was one of two UK 16-19 year-olds chosen to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California. Alex became a full time member of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) in January 2017 having ‘depped’ in the band many times in the previous year or two. After studying at The Purcell School for her sixth form, she began studying at The Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship from September 2017.

Since winning the BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award Alexandra has been interviewed on ‘In tune’ on Radio 3, interviewed on ‘Jazz Now’ on Radio 3 and hosted the ‘True Brit’ show on Jazz FM. She also performed with fellow BBC Young Musician Jazz Award finalists Noah Stoneman ( 2016 final ) and Freddie Jensen (2014 final) as a trio in the interval during the Classical BBC Young Musician final at The Barbican. This was filmed by the BBC to use at a later date.

In November 2016 the BBC invited Alexandra to be the featured soloist on flugelhorn with the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra’s performances of Kenny Wheeler’s 59 minute long ‘Sweet Sister Suite’. Their first performance on Thursday 17th November at The Royal  Conservatiore of Scotland was recorded by the BBC and broadcast across the EU including Radio 3’s Jazz Now show on Feb 20th 2017. (Now on YouTube)

Some of Alexandra’s recent performance highlights include performing with  Dave Holland and the NYJC flagship band at the Houses of Commons, performing at the Pizza Express Soho with the RAM Junior jazz, performing with the Clark Tracey Quintet, performing with the RAM trumpets for the Kenny Wheeler Tribute at the Cadogan Hall, performing as a main act in the Manchester Jazz festival 2016 with her own quintet ‘The Alexandra Ridout Quintet’, performing at the 606 with a family band ‘The Ridouts’ .

As a classical trumpeter, Alexandra’s highlights include being a featured performer in an Alan Vizzutti masterclass, performing in the QEH foyer and other venues with the Junior Academy Brass, performing Handel’s Messiah at St Martin in the Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, performing with the Purcell School Orchestra at the QEH (principle trumpet) & Cadogan Hall and performing with the Fantasia Orchestra.

She received ‘Highly commended’ in the 2015 Junior Ram Intermediate Brass prize, won the Toddington Young Musician of the Year 2014 and was The British Jazz Awards 2016 ‘Rising Star’ runner up.

We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing.” Julian Joseph, Jury Chair, BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, March 2016

Will Barry

Pianist Will Barry recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. He has appeared as part of many different projects at venues such as the 606 Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Bull’s Head, and the Vortex Jazz Club. He has performed with Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzmann, Clark Tracey, Jean Toussaint, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and as part of Phronesis bassist Jasper Høiby’s group ‘Fellow Creatures’. Chucho Valdés (Irakere) described his playing as “sensitive and fluid – a beautiful sound”.

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door, or online here. Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


October 10th BEN HOLDER QUINTET with JULIAN STRINGLE

Sizzling Hot Club music ​from two of the UK’s most charismatic and virtuosic instrumentalists today. Featuring the timeless swing sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli performed with infectious energy and passion.

Featuring Ben Holder (violin), Julian Stringle (clarinet/sax), Russell Jarrett (guitar), Marianne Windham (bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums)

ben holderBen Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith.

Alongside his early studies and later at college he embarked on a detailed analysis of these musicians techniques and the way in which they merged this most classical of instruments into the jazz idiom.

Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North’s top bands and studios.

“Get your feet tapping and your jaw dropping at the speed of his fingers. Top quality musicianship and utter entertainment” – JAZZ ON TAP

Winner of the “Best Clarinettist” at the BBC Jazz Awards, Julian Stringle was a child prodigy reed player. He made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14 and at 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe.  He has played on concert, club, festival and broadcast dates with his own bands and with Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davison, George Chisholm, Kenny Ball, Don Lusher, Kenny Baker, Cleo Laine & the late Sir John Dankworth, who chose Julian to perform all of his later works written for clarinet. Julian is renowned for his highly melodic music and unique sound as well as his phenomenal technique on his instrument.

“Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in decades” SIR JOHN DANKWORTH

Russell Jarrett studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, and has lived and worked as a performer and recording artist in England, Belgium and Canada.  He has worked as a session player and in bands of all shapes and sizes, covering most musical styles: jazz, funk, blues, rock, folk, Spanish and classical guitar. He also wrote music for television and radio commercials and worked as an arranger. Now living in Guildford, Russell is a well established and popular local guitar teacher  and we are delighted to welcome him back to play at the club this evening!

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door, or online here. Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


November 7th – Karen Sharp/Steve Waterman Quintet 

A multi award-winning quintet to finish the season, featuring double British Jazz Award winners Karen Sharp on tenor sax, Steve Waterman on trumpet,  and a first class rhythm section! 

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A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen Sharp first came to notice playing fluent, swinging and lyrical tenor sax in Humphrey Littleton’s band and has since won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s ‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band’, Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band.

More recently Karen was delighted to be part of the ‘Guy Barker Big Band’, performing at the BBC proms in 2015 and 2017. Recent recording projects include the ‘Barnes/O’Higgins – The Sax Section’, a project for five saxophones, Alan Barnes’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and her latest quartet album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’ released this March on ‘Trio Records’!

Steve Waterman is undoubtedly one of Britain’s top jazz trumpet players. He began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music, playing with the European Community Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then, he has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene with John Surman, Andy Sheppard, Tony Coe, Carla Bley, Don Weller and many others. He has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name as well as a number of CDs under the ECM label with John Surman’s Brass Project and Carla Bley.

Steve has won numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years and is very committed to Jazz education. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama and has co-written a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book.

Don’t miss it!

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here. Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.

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